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Report: American allegedly says he killed policeman in Rome

Posted at 6:19 AM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 18:05:09-04

ROME (AP) — The Italian news agency ANSA, citing unidentified investigators, says an American tourist has allegedly confessed to killing a policeman in Rome.

Earlier Friday night, Carabinieri police said prosecutors were questioning two American tourists about 20 years old who were lodging near the scene of the fatal stabbing before dawn of Mario Cerciello Rega. He was stabbed eight times by a suspect in the alleged theft of a bag with a cellphone inside.

ANSA says the Americans reportedly stole the bag of a drug dealer who had swindled them. It said the owner called police to say he arranged a meeting with the thieves to get the bag back. When officers arrived, there was a scuffle and Cerciello Rega was stabbed.

Carabinieri said they couldn’t immediately confirm the alleged confession.